Manchester City Council assesses retrofit approach at Low Carbon Homes event


17 February 2021

Low Carbon Homes Manchester returns next week, (Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th February), as an online retrofit conference, supported by the Micro Generation Scheme. Taking place over three consecutive mornings, the event will build upon the Council's declared intent to create a retrofit plan of low carbon homes for the city.  The event is hosted by Manchester City Council (MCC) and supported by Manchester Housing Providers Partnership and Manchester Climate Change Agency.

Manchester recently pledged its commitment in the Race to Zero Campaign (to mobilise support for cities and businesses to transition to net zero by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement), the principles of which include that the city must recognise the global climate emergency. Manchester declared a climate emergency in June 2019 and has since adopted science-based climate change targets to become a zero-carbon city by 2038, supported by creating a zero-carbon framework developed by the agency.

Manchester Housing Providers Partnership members are responsible for approximately 70,000 homes in the local authority, accounting for one-third of city homes. Most of these homes will need retrofit measures to meet the 2038 target. The scale of the challenge requires a bold approach and an effective housing retrofit plan.


Two hundred attendees are anticipated to join eighteen speakers, over three mornings of presentations, discussion and collaboration, specifically curated with Manchester City Council's assistance and an Advisory Board of local stakeholders.

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Low Carbon Homes Founder, Graham Lock comments: "It's quite remarkable how the world has changed since our last event in Manchester, 15 months ago. Yet the determination of Manchester to become net-zero by 2038 remains, but with growing urgency. Retrofit at-scale offers many COVID recovery opportunities, and Manchester has the vision to seize these opportunities, but only once a robust plan has been developed. We're delighted to be working with the city again, and firmly believe that if any city in the UK can kick-start the retrofit revolution, Manchester can."


Registration for the Manchester event closes at 4 pm, Monday 22nd February.

Click here to register